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Spartanburg Chamber hires VP for downtown development

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As part of its One Spartanburg initiative, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce has hired the next piece of the puzzle.

Jansen Kent Tidmore has been named executive vice president for the new Downtown Development Partnership, according to a news release from the chamber.

Tidmore Tidmore was previously the executive director of the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority in Alabama, a position he held since 2011. During his tenure, the organization “acquired more than 100,000 square feet of downtown property, developed more than 60,000 square feet of property, and increased the business count to the core area by nearly 40%,” the news release said.

“Restaurant, retail, multi-family and quality of place developments are being announced weekly, and the economic momentum occurring in downtown Spartanburg is undeniable,” Spartanburg Chamber President and CEO Alan Smith said in a statement. “Seventy-four candidates applied for this position, and Jansen, with his experience building a similar entity in Dothan from the ground up, coupled with his public and private sector development background, emerged as a clear top choice. Now the hard work begins — working with our partners at the city of Spartanburg to build on the significant progress that has been made in revitalizing downtown Spartanburg so far, increasing our collective capacity, and taking our downtown to the next level.”

As part of the One Spartanburg plan, the Downtown Development Partnership will focus on business retention, business growth and new business recruitment, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce said.

Tidmore earned a master’s in public administration from Auburn University. After an internship under the city manager in Dothan, he worked in several family businesses, including steel fabrication and custom home building, before taking the reins of the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority.

“When we arrived in Spartanburg, we were initially struck by two key attributes: the cleanliness of the community and the emphasis on arts and culture,” Tidmore said in the news release. “Having two young daughters, our wish list in a community is far more about their ability to grow than anything else, and we were impressed with the investment made in children through the school systems, the Chapman Cultural Center, and other quality-of- life ventures. More impressively, the investment in most of these ventures was citizen-driven, which demonstrated to us this community has a heart for investing in its future.”

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